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June 1, 2008

Why, It Must Be Summertime

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I found myself strangely nostalgic for Los Angeles - this in spite of the trenchant misery which accompanied my most recent inhabitance of that fair metroplex. So now I'm back out here again, doing who knows what but with what appears to be, for the time being, a clean mental slate.

Anyway. It's now June, and time to mention that yes, A Catalog Of Anticipations has a few screenings coming up this month. Indeed! Wow. The first is at CineVegas, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and which I'll hopefully be attending for a few days. I've heard it's pretty insane (and judging from party & event guide they just sent me, most if not all of the debaucherous rumors I've heard are true). Catalog is screening on June 13th and 17, before Jake Mahaffy's Wellness, which I'm excited to see after missing it at SXSW (Jake also directed a film called War a few years ago, which I've also never seen but which I nonetheless wrote about here).

After that, Catalog can be seen in New York via Rooftop Films, the venerable summer screening series. It's screening on June 27th, as part of the Surreal Shorts program. I'm excited to note that this program includes Becky James' I Hate You Don't Touch Me, Or Bat And Hat, which is still one of the best films I've seen all year. Part of Rooftop's deal includes exposure with IFC.com, so take note: at some point over the summer Catalog will finally be available online, for a limited time only. There in a heartbeat and gone in flash, or something like that.

And finally, in between these two events, the film will be screening on June 15 at the legendary Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, as part of a Slamdance showcase that will take place amongst performances by an amazing assortment of artists, including M.I.A., Sigur Ros, Cat Power, Aimee Man, Talib Kweli Willie Nelson and hundreds of others. The screening will occur at 7:15, which means that if you're down there and planning on seeing Broken Social Scene or Alison Kraus play with Robert Plant and T-Bone Burnett, I'll forgive you for skipping out in favor of music. Actually, with a lineup like they've got, I don't think I'd set foot inside a single film screening were I to attend. Unfortunately, I won't be going. On June 15th, I'll be in transit between New York and somewhere that has yet to be determined.

And now, time to go see The Foot-Fist Way!

Posted by David Lowery at June 1, 2008 12:02 AM


Wow. Mahaffy's films look amazing and totally up your alley. Should be a great fit. I kinda freaked when I read about his Russian connections and the Wyeth influence.

Man, I'd love to get my hands on a copy of WAR.


Posted by: Clay Liford at June 2, 2008 4:50 PM